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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,368 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,368
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 991
Gots: 419 | FT: 41
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001)
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jschonert

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8.7%

04-20-2013 15:27:17 | More by jschonert
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readbaron

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

04-18-2013 19:41:34 | More by readbaron
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jono311

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

04-18-2013 17:42:43 | More by jono311
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AltBock

Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Green 750ml wax sealed bottle. They didn't do a good job on the cap waxing. Half of the cap was missing wax. Simple beige label with 3 bright cheeries and a "World Champion" square right next to it. No back label because everything was found on the large front label including 2 small paragraphs that talk about the beer and t tiny printed signatures of the brewmaster/owners. I wish there was a vintage date on the bottle.

A beer of this caliber deserves a special glass so I poured it into my Maudite Snifter. The beer didn't pour a solid cherry red color. It was a mixture of red colors. There was some cherry red, ruby, crimson, and even some raspberry red in there. This was one murky red beer. It was so murky that I couldn't even see the silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. That's murky! The head of foam was a disappointment. A super tiny beige skim of foam emerged from the pour, but it quickly faded into oblivion. No rings, no lace, nothing. Cool color, but that head of foam took it down a bit.

Wow! What an aroma! This is one potent beer. It wasn't sour, but the beer's tartness made up for the sourness. It smelled like cherry lifesavers mixed in with cherry wine and a large cherry Slurpee. As you can tell, the aroma was all about the tart cherries. If you're looking for more than just one strong aroma in a beer, then you're not going to like this aroma. There was nothing before or after the tart cherries. I really enjoyed it. It was hard for me to stop sticking my nose in this beer to grab the occasional large whiff of tart cherries.

This is of course where you get to taste the tart cherries that were in the aroma. Yes, the one and only aroma. It tasted like it smelled. It tasted like liquefied cherry (red) Life Savers and blended into a cherry Slurpee. If you've never had a cherry Slurpee before, then imagine drinking a cherry slushie. If you never had a slushie before, then you're screwed. The cherries in the taste had a cool tartness. The tartness was subtle in the beginning and then it slowly built up. If you want a little diversity in your beer, then its best you stay clear of this beer. Cherries all the way!

This was a light bodied beer with a low level of carbonation. It may have been light bodied, but the aftertaste was full flavored. Like the aroma and taste, the aftertaste was strong with tart cherries. This strong tart cherry based aftertaste lingered on for a long time. It took a few glasses of water to cleanse my palate.

Cherry this and cherry that. This review sounded like a broken record. I'm sorry, but this beer was just tart cherries and nothing more. No malt, no raspberry, no hops. Just tart cherries. This was an extremely easy drinking beer. The ABV% won't sneak up on you. It was hard for me to put this beer down. I wish I could find a steady supply of this beer. Big thanks to my good BA friend Meatyard for hooking me up with this delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 04:49:36 | More by AltBock
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fmbrewing

Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfectly sweet beer to have for desert. Best during the holiday times or when you happen to enjoy other's company. This brew is perfect for sharing with those who love wine to test their beer-boundaries and bring them over from the dark side with beer force. Besides the quality and enjoyment of this high gravity fruity wonder is the overall look of elegance and class with this beer's offering of a champagne style container with dripping red wax covering the neck of the bottle and capped top. And, only available in Wisconsin! My home State now!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 18:38:26 | More by fmbrewing
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-17-2013 18:23:03 | More by arniepnminne
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-17-2013 14:07:06 | More by mendvicdog
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-17-2013 12:16:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-17-2013 01:13:18 | More by duceswild
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theGlasstronaut

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-16-2013 14:21:24 | More by theGlasstronaut
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-15-2013 14:18:35 | More by AdamP
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.7%

04-14-2013 21:17:19 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-13-2013 22:17:03 | More by DaPan
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resistdefy

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-13-2013 00:32:48 | More by resistdefy
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bizzy54

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-08-2013 20:53:53 | More by bizzy54
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-06-2013 03:19:36 | More by browniewithnuts
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NoetheMatt

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-05-2013 13:55:18 | More by NoetheMatt
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mbockstruck30

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

04-03-2013 20:10:22 | More by mbockstruck30
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heavenlyStash

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-03-2013 19:40:23 | More by heavenlyStash
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HappySunny

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

04-01-2013 21:43:00 | More by HappySunny
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-01-2013 14:21:38 | More by Localdrinklax
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a semi-dark, ruby red color. Mostly hazy in body, with a medium, 1.5 finger head when poured into a New Glarus flute glass. Retention is decent, sticking around a little before fading into a thin film on the top of the beer. Lacing is pretty good throughout.

S- Big, sweet cheery notes hit the nose right off the bat and persist throughout. The scent is mostly sweet, but the cherries do carry some sour bite to them as well in the scent.

T- Similar to the scent, starting with big cherries flavors up front. Cherries start sweet and inviting, then move a little toward the sour end before making a small retreat towards sweetness. In the middle of all of the cherries, there is definitely wheat and grain flavors, as well as a mustiness, I think from the Belgian style malts. No hops bitterness detectable as mentioned in the description on the label.

M- Light to medium body as far as flavor goes. The cherry is strong, making it feel slightly heavier than it really is. This is highly carbonated, making it feel a little like a champagne.

Overall, a terrific American take on the Belgian Kriek style. Not quite a sour as a Belgian Kriek might be, but attribute that to the lack of a lambic base. Glad I got around to this before they ran dry in Wisconsin, but sad to here that we'll be without it this year.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:00:41 | More by boilermakerbrew
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.2%

03-31-2013 22:00:04 | More by mikeincharleston
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bman_85

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-31-2013 01:40:02 | More by bman_85
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straightlambic

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-27-2013 20:44:35 | More by straightlambic
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,368 ratings.